Hourly work isn’t an ideal way to define productivity. Cutting the chains of time.

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Using principles from hourly work to define productivity in knowledge work has resulted in highly inefficient—and sometimes unhappy—work conditions for many employees.
Anne-Laure Le Cunff

Winning brownie points for staying late became a relic of the past for millions of workers when working from home became the new norm.

Rather than time spent at a desk or in the office being a core metric for devotion and productivity, the timeliness and quality of what was actually being produced took center stage.

Although this article from Ness Labs focuses on employees, freelancers, and entrepreneurs, the five strategies offered for no longer using time as a measure of productivity easily translates to how we might reimagine what constitutes academic success for young people.

By Mark Rauterkus

Swim, water polo and SKWIM coach in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Also the webmaster for the International Swim Coaches Association.